Author: J. Luigi M. Kunz Saponaro

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The EU Digital COVID Certificate: First Steps towards a Missing Normality

It is official: the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) has arrived. You can finally know how to plan your trips – at least within the European Union and in the Schengen zone. The EUDCC, hitherto known as the Digital Green Certificate, is meant for all EU citizens who (1) have been vaccinated, (2) have tested negative, and/or (3) recovered from COVID-19. Whether an individual falls within one of the three categories is certified by a digital certificate that is issued by their national authorities.

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EPP wants a greater role for citizens in the EU

The European People’s Party (EPP) is a centre-right political group of the European Parliament. It comprises politicians of Christian-democratic, conservative and liberal-conservative alignment. The EPP was officially founded in 1976 and, with time, acquired ever more importance in the EU. It has been one of the most influential parties within the Union’s institutions for many years. In fact, it holds the record of being the largest party in the European Parliament since 1999, in the European Council since 2002, and it is the most prominent party group in the current European Commission.

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Why turkey’s withdrawal from the istanbul convention is about power politics

In 2020, 409 women were killed in Turkey and dozens of other women were found dead under suspicious circumstances. Since the beginning of this year , already 77 women have suffered the same fate – an unfortunate trend that most probably will continue throughout the upcoming months. These numbers should make everyone queasy, though apparently, they do not have the same effect on Erdogan and his political allies. 

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Mario Draghi blocks a COVID-19 vaccine shipment for Australia

“We need to go faster, much faster” commented Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Draghi during the last European Council meeting that, among other things, touched upon the European vaccination strategy. Did this hurry lead him to block the 250,000 AstraZeneca’s vaccine shipment to Australia on the 4th of March? Maybe. Will this demonstration of strength change the pace of the EU vaccine rollout? Perhaps. What is sure is that Mr Draghi’s bold action has set a clear sign: the EU is losing its patience.